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Vacation Inspiration

Inspiration from a destination can be a wonderful source for a color palette!  Brittany (Brittange) France is definately the inpiration behind my living room decor.  I pulled a few favorite photos from my recent visit there along with ones from the past that best represent my design plan.   It all began with the beautiful blue green waters off the west coast of France in Brittany (Bretange).  What is your favorite destination?

Resources:

French Feedsack Fabric- Fabric.com Claudine Stripe in Azure found here:

For information about Saint Malo and it's history please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-Malo

Fabric-back of Chair:  Robert Allen at Home in Hull Agean found here:

Fabric- Petite Blue Coral by Studio Printworks found here:

ALL photos are property of Kari de Lavenne Design, please do not copy or use without permission. Thanks in advance.

 

I fell in love with this green so much, that it even inspired the color of my engagement ring.  I have a very pale green beryl stone as the center setting.  It s really pretty (when it s clean, that is).
I fell in love with this green so much, that it even inspired the color of my engagement ring. I have a very pale green beryl stone as the center setting. It's really pretty (when it's clean, that is).
I loved the sand colored beaches and rustic stone found within the walls and architecture.  Chalky travertine was my pick for the fireplace surround.
I loved the sand colored beaches and rustic stone found within the walls and architecture. Chalky travertine was my pick for the fireplace surround.
French Feedsack Fabric in sand and sky blue-perfect.
French Feedsack Fabric in sand and sky blue-perfect.
Saint Malo is a coastal city found within Brittany.  Learn more about this great walled city and it s incredible history in the resources section.
Saint Malo is a coastal city found within Brittany. Learn more about this great walled city and it's incredible history in the resources section.
Despite a fierce battle for the walled city (La Ville Intra-Muros) in 1944 between the German and American troops, in which 90% of it was destroyed, it was fully restored.  The city is now full of great shopping, restaurants serving galettes and crepes galore.
Despite a fierce battle for the walled city (La Ville Intra-Muros) in 1944 between the German and American troops, in which 90% of it was destroyed, it was fully restored. The city is now full of great shopping, restaurants serving galettes and crepes galore.
Treasures.  A few years back in Saint Malo, I came acorss this beautiful slice of blue agate.  I bought it for 8 Euros.  Now agate is everywhere.  Who knew?!  This one still has special meaning to me because of where I found it.
Treasures. A few years back in Saint Malo, I came acorss this beautiful slice of blue agate. I bought it for 8 Euros. Now agate is everywhere. Who knew?! This one still has special meaning to me because of where I found it.
Here s a fab fabric that gives a  nod to the sea without being too contrived.  Petite Coral by Studio Printworks in Marine.
Here's a fab fabric that gives a nod to the sea without being too contrived. Petite Coral by Studio Printworks in Marine.
This exposition occurred in Dinard - about 20 minutes south of St. Malo while we were visiting (and still is).  I visited the Visitors bureau to try and buy this poster (it was huge 4 x 5 perfect for my wall) but it wasn t for sale and it was 5 minutes to five and I think the gal just wanted to head out for the weekend. C est la vie.  If you see exposition posters around, as the store it s posted in if you can buy it from them...I could have gone around town asking,  but was pressed for time.  It makes for really cool art.   At least I picked up a smaller version.  I may try to write and get one sent to me once the exposition is over.  Trust me, I will probably do it so stay tuned!
This exposition occurred in Dinard - about 20 minutes south of St. Malo while we were visiting (and still is). I visited the Visitors bureau to try and buy this poster (it was huge 4 x 5 perfect for my wall) but it wasn't for sale and it was 5 minutes to five and I think the gal just wanted to head out for the weekend. C'est la vie. If you see exposition posters around, as the store it's posted in if you can buy it from them...I could have gone around town asking, but was pressed for time. It makes for really cool art. At least I picked up a smaller version. I may try to write and get one sent to me once the exposition is over. Trust me, I will probably do it so stay tuned!
Taken a couple years back-old cannons still decorate the wall.  We get a photo on it every time we visit.   Now, I am not going to put a cannon in my living room, but I will add some old antique elements.
Taken a couple years back-old cannons still decorate the wall. We get a photo on it every time we visit. Now, I am not going to put a cannon in my living room, but I will add some old antique elements.
It s no secret that my husband hates an overabundance of pillows, so I had to find a fabric for the sofa pillows to capture every blue and green in the room in order to tie the room together.  What better fabric  than that of Alan Campbell s Potalla Multi Blue (Quadrillefabrics.com) to the trade only.   Luckily I received an instant  yes  from hubby.  That has never happened before-thank you Mr. Campbell.  Potalla also comes in different color ways and is a High End Designer favorite.
It's no secret that my husband hates an overabundance of pillows, so I had to find a fabric for the sofa pillows to capture every blue and green in the room in order to tie the room together. What better fabric than that of Alan Campbell's Potalla Multi Blue (Quadrillefabrics.com) to the trade only. Luckily I received an instant "yes" from hubby. That has never happened before-thank you Mr. Campbell. Potalla also comes in different color ways and is a High End Designer favorite.
I found this throw full of blues and greens at Target.   A good find for sure.
I found this throw full of blues and greens at Target. A good find for sure.
The best tokens of vacation that fit in a suitcase is artwork!  I always try to snag a few paintings by local artists.  Here is one from this recent trip.
The best tokens of vacation that fit in a suitcase is artwork! I always try to snag a few paintings by local artists. Here is one from this recent trip.
And finally, my chair reveal.  Remember the chair I had recovered ?  Here she is and I couldn t be happier.  I have been staring at it from the sofa more than I have sat in it.  I ll be sitting in it more as I am finished looking at it.  I had the back finished in an alternating fabric to give it more interest and character from the side.
And finally, my chair reveal. Remember the chair I had recovered ? Here she is and I couldn't be happier. I have been staring at it from the sofa more than I have sat in it. I'll be sitting in it more as I am finished looking at it. I had the back finished in an alternating fabric to give it more interest and character from the side.
Love the curved  nail head trim.
Love the curved nail head trim.
A few changes have been made to the mantle from previous photos.
A few changes have been made to the mantle from previous photos.
All together now; our slice of Brittany in Oregon will help remind me of little moments like these....
All together now; our slice of Brittany in Oregon will help remind me of little moments like these....
Wanting to just dive in.
Wanting to just dive in.
Little feet in this sparkly sand.
Little feet in this sparkly sand.
Beach frolicking
Beach frolicking
The Fam
The Fam
Galettes with Uncle Pierre and Aunt Sophia .  Here we are with Max s brother (Pierre).
Galettes with Uncle Pierre and Aunt Sophia . Here we are with Max's brother (Pierre).
More beautiful blue greens.
More beautiful blue greens.
Posing.
Posing.
The walks along the walls -spectacular views of the city, and ships sailing out of the port to Portugal.  Watch your step.
The walks along the walls -spectacular views of the city, and ships sailing out of the port to Portugal. Watch your step.
Aunt Sophia and Eden.
Aunt Sophia and Eden.
Take the carved steps for an invigorating swim.
Take the carved steps for an invigorating swim.

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